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NCIC Lists Hatupangwingwi, Kama Noma Noma, Operation Linda Kura as Hate Speech

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has released a list of words that it considers hate speech and should not be used during the election period. 

In a presser on Friday, April 8, NCIC chairperson Rev. Samuel Kobia explained that using the words tends to spark violence ahead of the August 9 General Elections. 

“The NCIC has classified terms, which have been regularly used in Kenya’s political landscape with the intent to provoke violence among various communities of diverse political viewpoints,” Kobia said. 

Kobia noted that the terms are in various languages including English, Kiswahili, Sheng, Kikuyu, Kalenjin and non-verbal nods. 

NCIC chairperson Rev. Samuel Kobia addressing the press PHOTO/COURTESY

The words banned for use in public rallies, social media posts and political talk shows.

English: Fumigation, eliminate and kill.

Kiswahili: Kaffir, madoadoa, chunga kura, mende, watu wa kurusha mawe, watajua hawajui, wabara waende kwao, wakuja, chinja kafir and kwekwe. 

Sheng: Kama noma noma, kama mbaya mbaya, hatupangwingwi and operation linda kura. 

Kikuyu: Kihii (uncircumcised man) and Uthamaki ni witu (the Kingdom is ours). 

Meru: Mwiji (uncircumcised man).

Kalenjin: Kimurkeldet (brown teeth), otutu labotonik (uproot the weed), and ngetiik (uncircumcised). 

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